Second poll confirms that Republican David Jolly is leading Alex Sink in CD 13 special election

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A second poll, this one by nationally-recognized pollster Jim McLaughlin, finds that Republican David Jolly is leading Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. 

Jolly currently leads Sink by 5 points, 43% to 38%, with 4% supporting the Libertarian candidate, Lucas Overby, and another 15% undecided. 

These numbers confirm the findings released last week by St. Pete Polls and commissioned by this blog showing Jolly leading Sink by four points. “This survey confirms the publicly-released St. Pete Polls survey from Jan. 15th that showed David Jolly in the lead after his GOP primary victory,” writes McLaughlin. 

What’s perhaps most interesting in these numbers is McLaughlin’s finding that among voters who had formed an opinion of both Jolly and Sink, Jolly’s lead increases significantly to a 21 point advantage, 58% to 37%, with 1% for Overby and 5% undecided.

McLaughlin’s survey was conducted Jan. 16-19 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. 

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